Tuesday 22nd February 2000
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Colwyn Bay: R Roberts, Norman, Fairhurst, Gelling, Caton, McCosh, Limbert, Mooney, McIlvogue, G Roberts, Lawton. Subs: McGoona, Jones, Congerton.
Hyde United: Graham Bennett, Gus Wilson, Paul Robertson, Brendan Aspinall, Paul Taylor, Peter Band, Martin McDonald, Neil Hall, Simon Yeo, Jody Banim, Karl Marginson. Subs not used: Steve Tobin, Lloyd Richardson, Darren McConnell.
The Tigers arrived at Llanelian Road looking to overturn a couple of poor results in Wales during the last couple of seasons. Simon Yeo had a great chance in the seventh minute when he pulled away from the Colwyn defence but Richie Roberts made an excellent save when faced one on one. Next it was Jody Banim who got away, this time though, Roberts didn't need to save as the striker pulled his shot across the face of the goal and wide. On 33 minutes Neil Hall played the ball towards Band, who couldn't control but did enough to force the defender to clear only as far as Karl Marginson who rifled a 25 yard dipping volley over Roberts and just underneath the crossbar to put the Tigers ahead. Colwyn Bay equalised five minutes later when a short free-kick was struck by Craig Lawton and took a big deflection off Marginson to beat Graham Bennett in the Hyde goal. The lead was restored three minutes later when Banim and Yeo made a one-two and Jody Banim smashed a shot from the edge of the penalty area into the top corner giving Roberts no chance. Hyde's dominance continued and indeed grew in the second half, just thirty seconds had been played when Banim got away down the right and crossed for Yeo who surprisingly shot wide. The Tigers had a goal chalked off soon after when Brendan Aspinall was adjudged to be offside as he prodded home a free-kick from close range. Neil Hall's cross from the right was met with a side foot volley by Marginson but the ball flew over the top of the goal. Peter Band was next to try his luck when he burst through from midfield only for Roberts to deny him with an excellent save. A corner from Robertson was headed clear to Jody Banim who unleasheda powerful volley which Roberts did well to tip over the top, indeed from Robertson's next corner, Paul Taylor flicked the ball on and Simon Yeo hit the crossbar to give The Seagulls another let off. Colwyn reminded Hyde that for all their chances they only led by one goal and Lawton went close with a dipping shot from outside the penalty area but Bennett watched the ball fly past his post. Hyde went 3-1 ahead on 82 minutes when Yeo seemingly trapped in the corner on the right managed to turn and cross and Martin McDonald arrived to get the faintest of touches and head home his first goal for the club. Yeo then tried his luck from 30 yards when his chips sailed over Roberts' head but also landed on the wrong side of the post. Colwyn made the last few minutes more nervous for Hyde when Jamie Fairhurst scored direct from a free-kick on 89 minutes but the Tigers held on to claim a thoroughly deserved victory.